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Expert Committees and Working Groups

ANSES undertakes adversarial collective expert assessments to better ensure:

  • a multidisciplinary approach to the subject being examined,
  • a diversity of data sources and scientific knowledge,
  • an exchange of different opinions, theories, or schools of thought,
  • discussion and debate on any divergent opinions,
  • the independence of the opinion.

This procedure, laid down in the founding documents of the expert agencies, aims to ensure the optimum validity of the results.

 

Expert groups

When evaluating health risks, ANSES systematically undertakes collective and adversarial expert assessment  with Expert Committees (CES) that cover the Agency’s entire sphere of competence.

In addition to the Expert Committees (CESs) for risk assessments, expert appraisals may involve one or more rapporteurs, or if the subject requires it, a specific Working Group (WG) established under the control of one or more CESs. In true emergencies, assessments can be carried out by an Emergency collective expert assessment group (GECU).

Public calls for candidates enable the Agency to draw on the broadest number of applications when setting up its expert groups (CESs and WGs). Furthermore, these expert groups are renewed regularly.

ANSES selects its experts based on the following criteria: their scientific competence in a given field, their independence with regard to links of interest disclosed in their public declarations of interest (DPI), and their availability. It also seeks a balance among the disciplines sought within a given group.

The selection of experts for the CES is the subject of rigorous in-house examination and validation by the Agency’s Scientific Board.

The experts are appointed on an individual basis by the Director General for a specific mandate and a period of no more than three years.

All terms and conditions for the establishment of the groups and appointment of experts are described in the formalised procedures outlining the basic principles and key points of the collective expert appraisal.

 

Public declarations of interest

The public declarations of interest of all the experts and agents contributing to the expert appraisal are published on this site.

 

Verbatims of proceedings

All Agency opinions and reports are published on its website.

In addition, a verbatim is drafted by ANSES at expert group meetingsthat lead to the adoption of conclusions for an Agency opinion on a public health or safety issue prior to an administrative decision. The verbatim is published on the Agency website after validation by the members of the expert group concerned. In accordance with Article L.1451-1-1 of the French Public Health Code (CSP), it includes the meeting's agenda, a summaryof the proceedings, and the details and explanations of votes, including the expression of minority opinions.

This is a new regulatory requirement that applies to a portion of the Agency’s work and is being implemented gradually to supplement the systematic publication of all opinions and reports.

 

List of Expert Committees and Thematic Working Groups

Expert Committees (Current mandates: 2014-2017 and 2015-2018)  
Feed Expert Committee See page
Characterisation of substance hazards and toxicity reference values Expert Committee See page
Water Expert Committee See page
Assessment of the risks related to physical agents, new technologies and development areas Expert Committee See page
Assessment of the risks related to air environments Expert Committee See page
Assessment of chemical risks of consumer items and products Expert Committee See page
Assessment of the risks related to chemical substances Expert Committee See page
Assessment of the biological risks in foods Expert Committee See page
Assessment of the physical and chemical risks in foods Expert Committee See page
Expert appraisal for recommending occupational exposure limits for chemical agents Expert Committee See page
Fertilisers and growing media Expert Committee See page
Human nutrition Expert Committee See page
Plant protection products: micro-organisms Expert Committee See page
Plant protection products: chemical substances and preparations Expert Committee See page
Biological risks for plant health Expert Committee See page
Animal health Expert Committee See page
Chemicals in the scope of the REACH and CLP Regulations Expert Committee See page
Assessment of the risks related to biocidal substances and products Expert Committee See page
     
 
 
 
Thematic Working Groups (Current mandates: 2013-2016, 2014-2017 and 2015-2018)  
Animal welfare
under the CES on Animal health
Thematic Working Group See page
Biotechnology
under the CES on Assessment of the biological risks in foods
Thematic Working Group See page
Assessment of the health risks related to the chemical parameters of water intended for human consumption
reports to the CES on Water
Thematic Working Group See page
Assessment of substances and processes submitted for authorisation in foods
under the CES on Assessment of the physical and chemical risks in foods
Thematic Working Group See page
Assessment of guides to good hygiene practice (GGHP) and of application of HACCP principles
reporting to the CESs on Assessment of the biological risks in foods and Assessment of the physical and chemical risks in foods
Thematic Working Group See page
Biological indicators of exposure
reports to the CES on Expert appraisal for recommending occupational exposure limits for chemical agents
Thematic Working Group See page
Analytical methods for food
reports to the CES on Assessment of the physico-chemical risks in foods
Thematic Working Group See page
Risk assessment methodology
reports to ANSES's Scientific Board
Thematic Working Group See page
Metrology
reports to the CES on Assessment of the risks related to air environments and the CES on Expert appraisal for recommending occupational exposure limits for chemical agents
Thematic Working Group See page
Nutrivigilance
under the CES on Human nutrition
Thematic Working Group See page
Endocrine disruptors
reports to the CES on the Characterisation of substance hazards and toxicity reference values
Thematic Working Group See page
Phytopharmacovigilance Thematic Working Group See page
Radiofrequency waves and health
Reports to the CES on the assessment of the risks related to physical agents, new technologies and development areas
Thematic Working Group See page
Toxicological reference values II (TRVs) Thematic Working Group

View the list

(pdf in French)

Indoor air quality guideline values (IAGVs) Thematic Working Group

View the list

(pdf in French)

 

Non-permanent Working Groups  
INCA 3 Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Elongate mineral particles Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Smart meters Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Health effects of low frequency sounds and infrasounds emitted by wind farms Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Health risks related to the use of devices intended for the performance of certain aesthetic procedures Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Assessment of the safety and effectiveness of water filter jugs Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Updating of the PNNS guidelines: revision of the food-based dietary guidelines Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Scientific criteria for defining endocrine disruptors Emergency collective expertise group (GECU) View the list (pdf in French)
Atypical working hours Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Farm worker exposure to pesticides Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Assessment of the health risks of occupational use of bituminous products and their additives Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Carbamazepine 2 Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Ditylenchus dipsaci on alfalfa Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Vibrio parahaemolyticus and seafood Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Radiofrequencies and health Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Coronavirus opinion Emergency collective expertise group (GECU) View the list (pdf in French)
Non-standard swimming pools Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
EFSA Opinion on aspartame Emergency collective expertise group (GECU) View the list (pdf in French)
NK603-R Emergency collective expertise group (GECU) View the list (pdf in French)
Road infrastructures Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Risks of introduction and spread of exotic pathogens in France Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Growth factors, cancer, milk and dairy product Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Autogenous vaccines Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Health risks linked to the presence of Naegleria Fowleri in bathing water Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Pollens Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Antimicrobial resistance Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Fruit flies in tropical regions Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Ciguatoxins Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
3D technologies Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Sweeteners Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Brucellosis in the Le Bargy ibex Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)
Consumer information on the assessment of biological food risks Working group (WG) View the list (pdf in French)

 

 

 

 

Working group (WG)